Navratri is here, and it brings along a canvas of changing seasons, happy faces, and the anticipation of meeting Maa Durga

During the nine-day-long festival, a lot of people fast. The reasons are spiritual for some and health-related for others, who feel this is a good time to cleanse and re-energise the body. 

If you are fasting this Navratri, remember, hydration is of primary importance as it will not only help you in feeling full but will also nourish your body and help it function well. 

But you need not restrict yourself only to water. There are several drinks that can hydrate and nourish your body while also satisfying your taste buds. 

Let’s have a look at 5 such Navratri drinks that you can make with nutrient-rich and natural ingredients. 

1. Banana Dry Fruit Milkshake

This is one of the easiest recipes to try. 

  • Peel, chop, and blend 1 or more bananas with a handful of dry fruits of your choice and a glass of milk. 
  • Add dates for some sweetness, or cashew, almond, or walnut for a nutty flavour.

All the ingredients of this milkshake are filling and nutritious, and you do not need to add any sugar for added sweetness.

2. Pineapple Papaya Juice

This drink will win your heart just with its vibrant colour. 

  • Combine 2 cups of ripe papaya cubes with 1 cup of pineapple cubes, and blend it with the help of some water.
  • If you want to add salt, remember to use sendha namak (rock salt) instead of table salt, as per the fasting rules. 

You can even add black pepper powder for an added punch. Both the fruits are packed with nutrients and complement each other in flavour and creaminess. 

3. Watermelon Lemonade

Who doesn’t like lemonade? And when it is paired with watermelon, it only gets better in taste. 

  • Blend 2 cups of chopped and deseeded watermelon pieces with the juice of a lemon or lime. 
  • Sieve to remove seeds, if any. 
  • Add rock salt, jeera (cumin) powder, and ice cubes as per your preference. 

This drink gets natural sweetness from the watermelon, but sugar can be added if desired. You can even add pudina (mint) leaves while blending the drink for some added freshness. 

4. Mint Lassi

Lassi, or buttermilk, whether sweet or salted, is a drink favoured by all across India. 

  • Take a cup of curd, a bunch of fresh mint leaves or a tablespoon of dried mint leaves, and cold water or ice cubes in a blender. 
  • Blend it with rock salt for salted lassi and with sugar for sweet lassi

You can add cumin powder before serving for some additional flavour. A glass of lassi can keep you full for hours.

5. Apple Tender Coconut Smoothie

Just the name of tender coconut is enough to revitalize and rejuvenate your spirits. 

  • For this nutrient-packed smoothie, blend 1 cup of chopped apple pieces with a glass of tender coconut water. 
  • You can blend in the tender coconut pieces as well if you desire. 
  • For an added zing, add a few basil or mint leaves to the smoothie while blending it. 

These recipes are just a guiding light for the kinds of ingredients you can combine to make healthy drinks. Get creative, swap ingredients, and make your own drinks with unique flavours. 

Happy Navratri!

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